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Socialization can't hurt but the best way to build confidence is through obedience - I think classes would be best at first so you can work on controlled socialization and also the obedience.
At least at first you can get to doing it right, with the classes. Call around and find a spot that offers them around your work schedule.
The instructor can point out things you're doing or not doing right, too. :)

edited: Do you mean shy with people, or other dogs, or both?
 

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Wow, that's not good. What do you do when she does that?
The best way to approach a fearful dog is to turn sideways and kneel down, or at least "hunker" down a bit, it makes you seem less imposing.
Try getting down on your hands and knees and "pant", it sounds really weird but it works, trust me, I've managed to catch dogs that could not be caught by doing this. It's simulating a play-bow. Does she or will she come out when you do this?
Have you yelled at or physically punished her to make her fearful? (please don't take offense, it's something many people do) She could be a very sensitive dog and you'll have to be careful how you discipline.
I'd definately get her into obedience classes, it will help you learn the correct way to teach recall, and help her learn it.
It doesn't sound like a biggie but at 6mos. of age this could turn into a lifelong problem with her unless gotten under control now.
 

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Gosh where to start. I'd start by crating her more. Whenever you cannot work with her. So her day would be like, crate (overnight) take outside in the AMs on a leash.
Then after you take her outside ON A LEASH, walk with her around and bring her back inside, crate her and feed her (in the crate).
Then you go to work or whatever. Come home, leash her and take her outside. Don't LET her get to the point of running away from you. While on the leash (and it should be about 10 ft. long) call her and reel her in. Praise her for coming back to you (even though you reeled her in).
Right now she doesn't sound like she knows what to expect from you.
And you say "grab her" -- whenEVER you call her at this point, she should be leashed so she has to come. Praise and/or treat her for coming.
This is just until you can get her into classes. Honestly, you sound like a very loving and caring person with your dogs but you need to get this under control now.
From your description she could easily become a fear biter.
I dunno what the deal is, it seems like you and I are the only ones online this AM ;) But I'm anxious to hear what, MnP13 has to say, for instance, I have a great deal of respect for her methods of training and will link her to this discussion.
 

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Wow and in the time it took to type that up, someone confirmed that! :)
BTW I TOOK IN (my rescue) a fearful Bloodhound/Poodle mix that someone deliberately bred :puke icon: and she was like that. Drove me insane. The only thing I knew to do was leash her as I described. Do not let her off the leash, even in the house, until this behavior stops. I'd still go for puppy classes, if possible, however!
 

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I was going to suggest adding water to her food, but handfeeding will help more probably :)
We add water to our doxie's food so he will eat slower.
I think you've had some good luck with your two so far and Nala is an entirely different dog, well they ALL are but you know what I mean. She's going to need alot more work to come as far as your other two have.
 

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Well I can tell you if she was in my shelter that I'd not have sent her out, in all liklihood, to a rescue even. But I only have one question, you knew her background, that she might have problems, why did you wait until she was 6 mos. to start wondering about her behavior? If I'd been you and took on such a project dog, I'd have gotten into obedience or sought professional help much sooner than you are, if you even ARE consulting a specialist in dog behavior. And don't sit HERE wondering if you're doing the right thing or if you need to put her down or whatever, ask the PROFESSIONAL behaviorist. If you can't afford one or don't have the time, then do the right thing and do not foist her onto someone else, just have her put to sleep. If you're that afraid of her being around your kids then put her down.
 

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Patch said:
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What a great post.... it is SO wonderful to see some positive advice.
You can tell you are an expert.
It's so good to see that it's never too late to change a dog...
I agree but it will take time and dedication to the training process ;)
And, to clarify, in my former post, I meant a dog acting as she is now, at that age (6mos), not an 8 week old puppy.
 

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So is she leashed to you now, Luvabull? Is it making a difference? I did that with a fearful/timid dog we had here and it took literally only DAYS to see a difference...she blossomed!
 

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but I know Nala -- and she's not going for any leash methods right off the bat
So who is in charge, her or you?? You're dooming her by this attitude. I would not give a rat's ass if my dog didn't "go for leash methods", they are A DOG and her life literally hangs in the balance from the sound of it. You need to take over and be in charge or this isn't going to work.
 

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LSCKitty said:
If you put as much time into your dogs and you did this post ... well, you would be farther along in the training then you are now.
Good post!!
You know, Luvabull, I directed you to a forum that would really give you some help and great advice (not things like BITE your dog, although I haven't seen that advice in THIS thread!! :lol: ) Well, you must have declined because I haven't seen you on it.
It sounds like you just want someone to pat you on the back and tell you how awful it must be, well BS. It's awful for your DOG.
The point of the leash training is not to get the dog to LIKE IT. The dog won't fight it long, trust me. I HAD a dog JUST like you describe here, we could not CATCH her, she ran from us. Well, I leashed her to us and it took mere DAYS for her to calm down and come back when we called her. DAYS. Do you not have that kind of time, you could get up off the computer and leash her to you and go walk around for a bit???
She's GOING to fight it, but she will quickly stop. I've had dozens of fosters through here, we own 5 of our own dogs, I know from what I speak. All puppies freak out over a leash. CODDLING THEM is not the solution.
 

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Well what I'm seeing is you got some great advice and you blew it all off and made excuses as to why it wouldn't work or you couldn't implement it. Sorry, that just seems really strange to me.
ps. The "other forum" isn't mine, but I have gotten great advice from professional trainers who are on that board. I'm sure they could give you terrific advice for Nala. So figured you might be interested, my bad I guess!
 

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Roxy said:
I really don't know what to say to what you wrote above, except I give up in wasting my time with you. I train my dogs as I owe it to them as a responsible owner, I need them to learn right from wrong.
And on that note, I am too, I just can't type that much... :lol:
 
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